Marquette's final period finishes off Bluebirds
But the Bluebirds actually did.
Fifth-seeded Janesville tied the game at 2-2 early in the second and was still within range, trailing 5-3 going into the third, before the wheels fell off as the fourth-seeded Hilltoppers scored five third-period goals on their way to a 10-4 win here at Eble Park Ice Arena.
“I really thought that we were set up for a different ending, because we had done so well just recovering,” Janesville coach John Mauermann said. “Every time something went wrong, we bounced back. We kept bouncing back.”
Eventually, though, you can’t keep bouncing back when two players dominate a game offensively the way Marquette’s Joe Llaurado and Kyle Schmidt did on Friday.
Schmidt scored an astounding five goals and seven total points, while Llaurado matched Schmidt’s seven points with a hat trick of his own to go with four assists.
Yet, despite the final score, the Bluebirds (12-12) were only outshot 40-25 and for long stretches dominated the puck in Marquette’s zone.
Janesville battled back from a 2-0 deficit when Sean MacDougall knocked home a centering pass from Ryan Shelton with 5 minutes 56 seconds left in the first period. Then, just 32 seconds into the second, Cody Iverson deflected a point shot from Ron Lindgren past Marquette goalie Dan Weber to tie the game.
But then penalties took a severe toll on the Bluebirds. After David Baker scored even strength and Schmidt scored on the power play to make it 4-2, D.J. Mussey quickly cut the deficit to 4-3 as Janesville looked to bounce right back.
But less than two minutes after Mussey’s goal, Keaton Eichman was called for a trip to put Marquette right back on the power play. Schmidt capitalized by ripping a top-shelf wrister over the glove of Janesville goalie Tyler Lewis, restoring the two-goal lead.
Then the Hilltoppers (13-5-5), who move on to face top-seeded Stoughton in a sectional semifinal at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Stoughton, launched an avalanche of goals on the shell-shocked Bluebirds in the third.
“There (were) probably seven games just like tonight where we came into the third period with a chance to win, and we got beat in those games,” Mauermann said. “And that’s the difference between success and failure.”
MARQUETTE 10, JANESVILLE 4
Janesville 1 2 1—4
Marquette 2 3 5—10
M—Joe Llaurado (Kyle Schmidt), 12:23. M—Llaurado (Casey Schelble, Joe Sagadin), 7:14. J—Sean MacDougall (Ryan Shelton), 5:56.
J—Cody Iverson (Ron Lindgren, Cody Stettin), 16:28. M—David Baker (Llaurado), 10:13. M—Schmidt (Llaurado), pp, 9:17. J—D.J. Mussey (MacDougall, Shelton), 8:55. M—Schmidt (Baker, Llaurado), pp, 5:57.
M—Schmidt (Llaurado), pp, 10:22. M—Schmidt (Cameron Biel), 8:07. M—Llaurado (Schmidt), 5:00. M—Schelble (unassisted), 4:29. J—Tanner Woodman (Brad Money), 3:11. M—Schmidt (Aaron Miller, Baker), pp, 1:36.
Saves—Tyler Lewis (J) 27, James Tucker (J) 3. Weber (M) 21.